Covid-19 has highlighted the importance of our health, say Fulham dentists
‘Healthy mouth, healthy body’ - this saying has never held so much importance, explains Pure Smiles dentists Ayzaaz Akram and Shiraz Akram.
We were surprised by the number of people who contacted us during lockdown with dental emergencies that had not visited a dentist for over a year. It’s crucial for your health to have regular dental health examinations so that any potential issues can be spotted early. Then we realised that something must be at the root of the problem.
Dental health and Covid-19
Recent research published in the British Dental Journal by Dr V. Samsoon found strong links between bad oral health and coronavirus.
The research explained that good oral health results in a healthy balance of bacteria in our mouth - known as the microbiome - being exchanged between our mouth and our lungs. However, when we have poor oral health, bad bacteria that cause disease - known as pathogenic bacteria - start to accumulate in our mouths and destroy this microbiome. This pathogenic bacteria can also be breathed into our lungs.
Bad bacteria increases our susceptibility to viral infections, especially those that are respiratory like coronavirus. Moreover, when we are infected by a viral infection this bad bacteria can increase rapidly and create what is called a bacteria ‘superinfection’. This further compromises our already burdened immune system and can lead to severe complications like pneumonia or acute respiratory syndrome.
Are you sure of your oral health?
We understand that it hasn’t been possible to keep on top of regular dental visits over the past few months due to the government’s decision to close dental practices. However, Pure Smiles is delighted to have reopened and would love to see anyone who has been unfortunate to have missed out in the coming weeks.
We have heavily invested in anti-virus protection, on top of our usual strict decontamination measures to give our patients the reassurance to come and visit us again.